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  • Working to make healthy
    waterways for better fishing
    and a better future

Security beefed up on local reserves

Security beefed up on local reserves

Security beefed up on local reserves

11 May 2017

Security cameras have been installed on public reserves, with those dumping rubbish in our local waterways set for a surprise as the public moves to stop those desecrating the banks of the Macquarie River. 

The River Repair Bus crew has been working hard to rid the Macquarie River of rubbish in recent weeks, with no shortage of ignorant tossers ensuring that the work is never ending. The crew even stumbled across a find that had them all quite simply gobsmacked, when they discovered a camper trailer dumped in the river, almost fully submerged underwater, on a local reserve not far from Dubbo. Presumed stolen and dumped, the camper van still looked to be in reasonable condition, all be it a little muddy and all but completely submerged with just the tow bar and annexe visible. 

“Different types of dumping and littering are occurring on our local river on a weekly basis,” River Repair Bus supervisor David Harris told Dubbo Catches. “ Our crew are doing a great job cleaning up, but if we can slow the acts of littering and dumping, then we will be able to get to far more beneficial work such as tree planting, tree watering and weed removal,” he said.

“Sometimes we can clean up an area, and return just a week or two later to find it in exactly the same appalling state, but thankfully these cameras are going to mean that people are prosecuted to the fullest extent”. Mr Harris said.

The River Repair Bus is one of the largest work for the dole projects ever to be rolled out in the region, with the participants coordinated in partnership with Sureway.  The bus in now regularly full of keen participants and operates three days a week, travelling to local reserves with the River Repair Bus trailer in tow. Not only are there positive outcomes for the river, but also for participants who enjoy working outdoors and learning about riparian vegetation management strategies, aquatic habitat and native flora and fauna.